Facebook seems to have gotten itself into the new–and terrible–habit of throwing away my sort preference for my feed every couple of days. I hope they stop that soon.
By default, your Facebook feed is put in a sadistic “Top Story” mode which uses some kind of twisted logic to determine what you want to see, and which often keeps showing you the exact same four posts at the top of your page for days at a time.
The only sane way to view a stream of information is in chronological order. I’d prefer Oldest-Since-My-Last-Visit-First, but I’ve gotten used to the Most-Recent-First world of blogs and such–proving you can get used to anything–so I switched my sort preference to “Most Recent” long ago.
“Most Recent” still suffers from some kind of bizzarro-world Facebook filtering–some things get shown, not others, and I’ve found no real answer as to why–but at least it doesn’t keep shoving week old “stories” I’ve seen and no longer care about to the top of the page.
In the last week or two, and for whatever reason, that preference keeps getting thrown out the window and I’m forced back into letting Facebook choose which of my Friends–and which of their updates–are worthy of my attention, until I change it back.
Whenever bullshit like this crops up, I find myself seriously considering hacking out a Perl script to suck down my feed via Facebook’s API and toss it all into a simple web page, sorted and filtered as I want. Then I remember how much I hate Perl, hate digging through CPAN to find working–and documented–packages, and hate playing whack-a-mole with “web application” APIs.
Everything is terrible.